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Buffalo Day

My mom decided to try and get out of Texas and try and go a little west so she wanted to go to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Yesterday, while we were towing the trailer, Dad noticed the truck didn’t have enough power going up hills even though he had his foot to the floor (what a whiner). So, my Dad took the truck to get fixed today and we are now stuck with a terrible Ford Torus rental car, that has been smoked in and smells like dogs. I guess my mom got tired of sitting in the trailer with the air conditioning off because it’s about 90 degrees inside. I was in shorts and I was still sweating!!

We found a nice museum in town not far from the camp ground we are in and I guess this spot is pretty significant in Texas history. Don’t ask me what happened because all I did was look at the cool displays and blast my music. I did like the movie about living on the plains because it had these cool chairs and a 360 view of like 5 different monitors! The chairs spin so I spun too fast and got really dizzy!

The real Wild West in Pecos

Pecos was the site of the world's first rodeoAnother Escapees RV park in Texas brought us to a pretty cool little town called Pecos. We stopped here at the Trapark, a pretty desolate spot. Terry needed a break from driving, so we decided to stay for two days rather than the usual overnight.

The wind was blowing briskly, so Kurt quickly set up his kite to begin practicing his flying techniques. The thing is amazing in high winds, and Kurt is rapidly becoming an expert kite pilot.

We were told that the museum was not to miss, so we headed out the next morning to check it out. Even I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the museum that occupied both the old hotel and the saloon. Every room was set up with a different historical theme, and they even had a talking bartender who showed us where the bullet holes still are from a famous shootout that occurred there.

Wanna be astronauts

Space Shuttle cockpit

Even though the boys aren’t very good tourists, I managed to convince them to go to Houston to the Johnson Space Center for a tour. So being a true and cheap techno geek, I saved 50% on the admission price by buying and printing the tickets in advance. You can do it too by going to http://spacecenter.com to get the info that you need.

RL RV Park

We stopped here early in March and again today. It seems to be a good mid-way point for us and is located close to I-20.

The Escapees rate is $15 per night for 30 amp/$17 for 50 amp.

AT&T and Verizon both worked fine. TV is what you can get with your antenna (in our case nothing). Country music seems to be the only thing available on the radio. The lowly laundry consists of one washer and dryer, although there is no charge to use them. There is a big pond available for fishing, none of which Terry or Kurt could catch. We’ve decided to see how many states we can fish in without catching anything. The only rule is that some kind of bait or lure has to be used. We have to at least try.

It’s official

Truck and trailer

Our campsite in Livingston

We are finally real Texans, after earning our stripes. It required a quick jaunt to North Carolina, heavy negotiations with auto insurance and financing companies, big hassles at the vehicle registration office, even bigger challenges at the local DMV in order to get our driver’s licenses, installation of the required rear mudflaps, and two vehicle inspections (truck and trailer). But now that it is all said and done we have a used 2008 Ford F-450, Terry has a Class A endorsement on his license after taking the written and a driving test (which required him to actually drive with two hands on the wheel and signal when changing lanes), I have a regular license and Texas plates for the Jeep, and the trailer is now a Texas Travel Trailer. Instead of the two weeks that we thought it would take, it turned into a month-long ordeal.